General Camp Questions
1. My child doesn't know anyone else on camp. Will they be OK?
It is common for campers, particularly first-time campers to arrive not knowing anyone else. Our leaders are trained to watch, care for and involve campers to ensure they feel part of the group from the get go! As a result, campers have a fantastic time and leave having made many new friends.
2.Can my child bring a mobile phone to camp?
One of the great features of camp is the opportunity for campers to disconnect from the distractions and pressures of life and to fully immerse themselves in an experience of growth and fun. That’s why we have a “no mobile phone use” rule on camp. The removal of potential distractions ensures that campers are ‘present’ on camp, connect better with those around them and maximise their experience!
Parents are most welcome to contact their child at any time during camp using the camp directors phone (details outlined in each camp information letter). We also understand that parents may like their children to have a mobile phone for travelling to and from camp for safety reasons. Please note that mobile phones brought to camp will need to be handed in on arrival. Mobile phones will be kept in a secure location and handed back to the owner at the end of camp.
3. What sort of supervision will be exercised on camp?
All of our leaders complete an extensive application and training process prior to being selected. This includes obtaining a Blue Card (for those over 18), Professional Standards training, reference checks, an interview and leadership training. Every camp leadership team includes a designated First Aid Officer with a current Senior First Aid Certificate and first-aid kit. All the adventure activities will be facilitated by trained instructors. Our leader to camper ratio is no less than 1:5 at all times and sometimes as low as 1:3.
4. Are the leaders trained to handle emergencies?
Yes. Every camp leadership team includes a designated First Aid Officer with a current Senior First Aid Certificate and first-aid kit. The Camp Directors are equipped to respond in an emergency situation and all of our camps are briefed when they arrive regarding the campsites' emergency procedures. If anything happens, the camp directors will take action to ensure everyone is safe and accounted for.
5. What if my child gets homesick?
This is a very common feeling on camp which comes and goes at times. Our leaders are there to encourage each camper as they get to know new people, build friendships, and experience all the excitement camp has to offer. If homesickness sets in, campers are welcome to call home from a camp phone. The camp directors will be in contact with you if feelings persist to talk through options, which may include picking your child up.
6. Can my child attend for a section of the week?
No. To make the most of camp, we have designed everything to be a full experience. A big part of camp is not just the activities, but the friendships and community that are created during the full length of the program
7. What does my child need to bring?
The basic needs for camp are clothes, bedding, toiletries, and a smile! A full list will come out after registration with the specific things that they will need to bring. Anything brought that is not on the list will not be the leaders’ responsibility.
8. What should my child wear?
Campers will need comfortable sun smart clothing, including a hat. Shirts will need sleeves and shorts are preferred to skirts. Thongs are fine, as long as they also have enclosed shoes for activities. NB: it’s likely some of their clothes will get dirty! A full list will come out after registration with the specific things that they will need to bring.
9. Will my child need any spending money?
Campers are welcome to bring a small amount of money (no more than $20) for extra snacks and souvenirs. It is not necessary for campers to bring any money, as all meals and snacks are provided, however, there may be a few times when the campers will be offsite, where they might have an opportunity to spend some money. There may also be chocolates available if campers wish to purchase then during camp. Any money that is brought is the camper’s responsibility to keep it safe.
10. Can I visit my child on camp?
No. You are more than welcome to drop your child off at the start of camp and be there at the end camp to pick them up, but during camp there will be no visitors. We need to constantly track who is at camp so we know we are not missing anyone and also that there are not any extra strangers with the campers. The camp information letter that is sent to parents/guardians prior to camp contains the mobile numbers of the camp directors so that you can contact your child should an emergency arise.